Removing Facebook Tracking Params

Facebook recently began adding a fbclid parameter to external links. Using the Neat URL Firefox Add-on and the Neat URL Chrome extension, you can easily remove these and other similar tracking parameters.

  1. Install the Neat URL Firefox add-on or the Neat URL Chrome extension, depending on which browser you are using. I have only tried the Firefox add-on as I am not a regular Chrome user.
  2. Go to the add-on preferences by right-clicking on the ?_ icon selecting Preferences. This will bring up the Firefox Add-ons Manager with the Neat URL preferences page open.
  3. Scroll down a bit to the Blocked parameters box. It should already be prepopulated with a lot of parameters. At the time of this writing, fbclid is not in there by default, but I won't be surprised when the author adds it.
  4. If it's not in there already, add fbclid to the list. I added it in the middle with the other fb_* parameters.
  5. Make sure you hit the Save preferences button at the bottom of the page.

Once you've completed the above steps, you can test by going to The extension modifies the request before it is sent to the server, so you should see the address bar show right away. You're all set!